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China smart not to overreact to Biden's Summit for Democracy

Beijing's criticisms of America's own dysfunctional system are sure to resonate

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Wang Yi, pictured in Rome on Oct. 31: the Chinese Foreign Minister charges that the purpose of Washington's Summit for Democracy is to preserve its hegemony and to defend its domination in the world in the name of democracy.   © Reuters

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

U.S. President Joe Biden's virtual Summit for Democracy, which begins today and concludes on Friday, is a critical component of his strategy of contesting China's global influence.

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